Lab for Art And Science

Ars Electronica Futurelab focuses on the future at the nexus of art, technology and society. We consider our works as sketches of possible future scenarios in art-based, experimental forms. In this way, we are aiming at developing contributions through methods and strategies of applied science, the results of which reveal new knowledge and experiences of societal relevance in art and science.

The productive work of the Ars Electronica Futurelab is directly linked to the various partners from the business zones of manufactorers, the creative Industries, art and from the academic world, respectively educational field. Here is an excerpt of our partners.

The lab’s team bases its work commitment upon transdisciplinary research and work which results in a variety of different disciplines at the lab. Having Artists and Researchers from all over the globe collaborating with – and taking residencies at – the Ars Electronica Futurelab, is fundamental to this Atelier/Laboratory. Our range of services concentrates on expertise developed throughout the years in fields such as media art, architecture, design, interactive exhibitions, virtual reality and real-time graphics.


Participators in the Klangwolke ABC are marching with their self-made letters.

Society

Proceeding from the idea that only a society itself forms its future—and, thus, that each individual as a member of that society configures its future—the Ars Electronica Futurelab endeavors to generate approaches, possibilities, forms of inspiration and tools to benefit a social spectrum that’s as broad as possible. The Ars Electronica Futurelab together with its partners and associates make a concerted effort to point out latitude for action and provide access to these promising areas of opportunity in business, the arts and education.

Two shared space spaxels flying in unison during tests for Mercedes' autonomous mobility research.

TECHNOLOGY

The premise of Shared Creativity is the ideal soil in which to cultivate research, development and evaluation of technological innovations. They, in turn, form a solid foundation for ongoing forms of collaboration with partners who are utilizing innovative technologies to advance their own research and development, artistic output or product enhancements. With the aim of financing our activities through our own business ventures, the Futurelab does R&D financed predominantly by associates in the private sector and to a minimal extent by public-sector funding.

Silhouette of Singer Sarah Callier in front of a visualisation for Tosca's Odeon tour.

ART

New forms of artistic expression serve the Ars Electronica Futurelab in general as food for social thought, as an impetus to consider emerging issues that might assume great future importance, or as an opportunity to take a more multifaceted look at things. The lab’s artistic work is particularly oriented on educational institutions and young people as well as private sector associates for whom artistic approaches deliver input for innovation.


The successful work being done by the Ars Electronica Futurelab is attributable in no small measure to effective collaboration with a wide array of partners in key manufacturing sectors, the creative economy and the art world, academia and diverse educational institutions. These thumbnail sketches of some of our cooperative efforts provide an impression of our activities spectrum.

Find our partners here.